Rui Meireles holds Computer Science PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Porto. His research interests lie in the general areas of networking and distributed systems. His research is applied and experimental in nature: designing protocols, creating prototypes and evaluating them in realistic environments. He has focused mainly in the area of Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks. Vehicular networks wirelessly connect vehicles amongst themselves and with roadside infrastructure, with the goals of improving traffic safety and efficiency, as well as providing entertainment to passengers.